New York City’s Boss Hog and director Aaron C. Lazar have released their delightfully mysterious video for the song “Shh Shh Shh” today via NPR. The track appears on their new album Brood X, out now on In The Red Records. Watch and share the video for “Shh Shh Shh” here.

Frontwoman Cristina Martinez told NPR: “Shh Shh Shh is a voyage into the id. An adventure in free association. Many of the songs on Brood X deal with moments of struggle or growth. We are always searching for a better way, a better self. Here you’ll see Boss Hog searching through the darkness in true Scooby-doo fashion.”

Led by Cristina Martinez (ably assisted by her faithful sideman/husband Jon Spencer, as ever playing Flavor Flav to Cristina’s Chuck D), Brood X feels less like the work of a group who’ve been on ice for so long, more a slithering and sludgy monster of an album, a boiling pot of hot funk keys, growling punk attack, searing blues breaks and the ground-shaking holler of Martinez.

The 17-year cicadas have re-awoken, and not a moment too soon. New York has changed beyond recognition and there’s a buffoonish villain entering the White House, but Martinez’s towering vocals and vicious, hilarious, emboldening lyrics have never sounded so sharp, nor Boss Hog so timely. Opener ‘Billy’, all brawny low-end and delirious funk organ, finds Cristina and Jon howling about “The brink of destruction!” over apocalyptic beats, while Ground Control, a prismatic vision of today’s Big Apple, includes the bitter observation, “This is the cost of privilege”.

“A lot of Cristina’s lyrics on this album resonate with me more deeply since the election,” nods Spencer. “They’re blues songs, protest songs.”

“The songs do feel oddly relevant now,” Cristina adds.


The Boss Hog All Stars
Cristina Martinez – vocals
Jon Spencer – guitar & vocals
Jens Jurgensen – bass
Hollis Queens – drums & vocals
Mickey Finn – keys


Tour Dates:
April 7 – Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
April 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
April 28 – Cambridge MA – The Sinclair
April 29 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
May 19 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
May 20 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz PDB
May 21- Burlington, VT – High Ground – Lounge
June 2 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
June 3 – Detroit, MI – El Club

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